NWR: Not feeling a connection (Pregnant)

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
383 posts
Helper bee

Yes, I felt no connection and the first three months, I had a ‘wtf did I do moment’ way too frequently (morning sickness did not help either). I don’t think one has to be emotional during pregnancy. Who made those rules?

It did change when I saw and felt my child though. 

Post # 3
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

I never really felt this huge emotional connection to my unborn (I have 3). I mean, I would have been devestated to lose a pregnancy, but until I saw that little face I felt pretty much the same as you do.  

Post # 4
3065 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

trekstar :  first 3-4 months of my pregnancy I didn’t feel pregnant at all ( whatever that means), I felt like I was chronically ill or something. 

Even at 21 weeks Im not making goo goo eyes at my bump or crying over ultrasounds. I don’t think it really has hit me yet I am going to have a baby ( LOL) 

Don’t worry- you are NOT alone! 

Post # 6
3890 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I feel the need the preface with: I LOVE my children. They have been my life for 17 years. 

But… I honestly felt no connection until they were born. I was pissy and uncomfortable and they were fucking up my body and I just wanted them out! I wanted my space back! And I couldn’t actually ever say that to anyone or I would be a horrible person. I was supposed to be all ethereal and glowing and creating life and all that. Eff that. I was miserable. 

But as soon as they were born and I saw this little person who was an individual and actually out in the world, everything changed and I fell in love. 

Post # 7
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Backyard

trekstar :  Seems totally normal to me! I, too, didn’t really feel a connection until after my daughter was born. To be totally honest, it wasn’t even an instant thing when she was born, either – I was just too exhausted and overwhelmed. It took time. When I did start building a connection, the sheer strength of it would (and still does) take me by surprise every now and again. Like any other relationship in life, you need time to build that connection, to get to know your child’s personality… effectively, to get to know them as a real person and not just as a theoretical person-to-be.

Post # 8
6606 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

trekstar :  don’t worry about it. I was glad the heart was beating but mostly just ‘ok, there it is’ for my first ultrasound. At the second I was glad to see the spine intact. Nothing felt real to me until after he was born. I was glad but it was just surreal for a few days. And at 6 months I love the crap out of that aggravating little bugger (can you tell who slept badly last night?)

the tech told me fewer people burst into tears than tv implies and my reaction was pretty normal.

Post # 10
2527 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I wouldn’t say it’s abnormal. I didn’t really make a connection to my son until I found out he was a boy. Once I found out the sex, it was easier for me to connect on an emotional level. Also, that’s around the time I started to actually feel him move, he had a name, started on the nursery, etc. 

Post # 11
1053 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

What you’re feeling is normal for sure. You might not feel anything until you give birth, 3 months out, when you feel kicks. There’s such a wide range of what’s normal.

Post # 12
1159 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

It took me 2 years to concieve my son and 5 months to convieve this one (currently 26 weeks). So they were very much wanted babies. I will say that I have a hard time connecting during pregnancy. Even after my son was born there was a little while where I just felt out of my element. But once he started developing a personality (smiling, sleeping with his hands behind his head, little things like that), I started to really feel that “motherly love” everyone talks about. For me, it wasn’t an instant connection at the sight of a BFP or even from giving birth. I was excited, but not “in love.”

Post # 13
5049 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

trekstar :  How far along are you?  I am just over 8 weeks and had my first ultrasound last week. I can’t say I feel a connection. I don’t even feel excitement and I WANTED this pregnancy. I chalk this up to feeling very sick in my first trimester which really takes away from any enjoyment. I also feel overwhelmed with such a major life change I am embarking on. I do suspect I will feel better in time and connected to my growing baby but at the moment things are hard.

Post # 15
3674 posts
Sugar bee

I felt no connection. I was excited, but I didn’t feel like “yes baby, I would die for you today to protect you”, because I couldn’t see or hold or really wrap my mind around the fact that I was carrying a little human. Once he was born that changed, but it was still not this immediate freak out love. I felt very protective at that point, but each day that passed the amount of love I had for him grew and grew. Now my son is two and I would do anything for him. His hugs and smiles literally change my whole day if I’m in a bad mood, and he truly means the world to me.

You will most likely get there, but I think it’s really important to be aware of your feelings and take care of yourself. You could even start therapy now, if you’re afraid you may be dealing with postpartum depression later on or maybe not sure if you want to continue with the pregnancy. You don’t have to keep all these feelings to yourself, but you can reach out to someone outside of friends and family who won’t judge you or say something stupid because they aren’t equipped to handle your feelings. 

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